The November issue of the CLARIN Newsflash is out, including a short report from the launching event of the National Language Technology Project.
CLARIN-IS has now been registered as a C-centre which means that metadata can be harvested from it. Thus, searches in the Virtual Language Observatory now return metadata from CLARIN-IS. A link to the resources in question accompanies the metadata.
CLARIN-IS was one of the organizers of a conference celebrating the launch of the National Language Technology Program on October 16. The President of Iceland and the Minister of Education, Science and Culture addressed the event and a number of people from academia, IT companies, mass media and the finance sector gave short talks. Bente Maegaard, who is a member of the Program‘s Expert Panel along with Kadri Vider and Steven Krauwer, gave an introductory talk on CLARIN. Around 120 people attended the conference.
The annual CLARIN conference was held in Leipzig, Germany, from September 30 - October 2. Seven participants from Iceland attended the conference. Three of them presented regular papers and one student participated in the student poster slam session.
We are in the process of building a CLARIN Centre and have already applied for recognition as a C Centre, with the aim of becoming a B Centre in the near future. Samúel, our technician, has been delving into all the details of the CLARIN technical infrastructure since he started his work in CLARIN-IS in April. It is a tremendous task to catch up with countries which have been members of CLARIN for several years building up knowledge and skills step by step, but we hope to have gained a solid ground by the end of the year.
On September 4, a contract was signed between Almannarómur, a self-owned organization which has been commissioned to implement the five-year Language Technology Project Plan which the Government has decided to fund, and the SÍM Consortium which consists of nine members – three academic institutions, the State Broadcasting Service, the Association of the Visually Impaired, and four private IT companies. According to this contract, the SÍM Consortium will carry out the research and development work necessary for this project. Within the project, a great number of resources and tools will be developed, which will be described according to standards adopted within CLARIN and will be stored and distributed by the CLARIN-IS Centre which is explicitly mentioned in the contract.
The Icelandic Parliament (Alþingi) has passed a new law on research infrastructures which enables Iceland to apply for full membership in CLARIN ERIC. The National Coordinator has written to the Ministry suggesting that an application for full membership be submitted.
Samúel Þórisson started working as a programmer for CLARIN-IS today. In the beginning, his main task will be to get acquainted with the CLARIN technology and then to start building a CLARIN B-centre at the Árni Magnússon Institute.
The CLARIN-IS website has now been officially launched. All pages are available in both Icelandic and English. The site is still under construction and more material will be added soon. Trausti Dagsson, project manager at the Árni Magnússon Institute, designed the web which adheres for the most part to the CLARIN style sheet.
An Icelandic national CLARIN consortium is currently being set up. The National Coordinator has had meetings with eight prospective participants and presented a draft of a memorandum on consortium partnership. Five institutions have already confirmed that they will sign the memorandum and the remaining three are positive.
CLARIN ERIC calls for the submission of extended abstracts for the annual conference which will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from September 30 to October 2, 2019. The main conference topic this year is "Humanities and Social Science research enabled by language resources and technology" but submissions on various other topics are also accepted. Submissions must be made no later than April 15 through EasyChair. See the full call for abstracts on the CLARIN ERIC website.